Former Tampa Bay Lightning center Dominic Moore lost his wife, Katie, to liver cancer on Monday, according to a team spokesman.
Katie Moore died at a hospital in Boston. She was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in April, two months after Dominic was traded from Tampa Bay to San Jose. Dominic Moore missed the Sharks' final two playoff games against St. Louis and released a statement in June.
"While it was disappointing to not be able to compete with my Sharks teammates in the playoffs, my wife's condition and care come first and I want to thank the Sharks organization, my teammates and their families for the love and support that has been shown to Katie and I during this difficult time," Moore said in the statement.
Moore, 32, who appeared in 133 games with Tampa Bay, is an unrestricted free agent.
He also has played for the New York Rangers, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Toronto, Minnesota, Florida, Montreal and San Jose.
The Lightning and Canadiens issued condolences to Moore via Twitter, while the Sharks released a statement that read: "The courage that she showed during her illness is an inspiration to everyone who knew her. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers.''
While Moore was with Tampa Bay, he served as the player rep to the NHLPA, which also released a statement Tuesday.
"All players and staff are deeply saddened by the passing of Katie Moore. Katie fought her battle with courage and conviction, and she will be greatly missed. At this difficult time, our thoughts and prayers go out to Dominic Moore and the Urbanic family, as well as Katie's many friends.''